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TA 2022 : Theorising Anticasteism


When Jun 7, 2022 - Jun 8, 2022
Where Presidency University
Abstract Registration Due Apr 30, 2022
Submission Deadline May 31, 2022
Notification Due May 15, 2022

Call For Papers

Papers are expected to fall within the following METHODOLOGICAL range:
1. Close readings of casteist and anti-caste texts (literature, films, graphic narratives,
popular culture, politico-philosophical works, and scriptures)
2. Critical study of anticaste thinkers
3. Analysis of specific cases of caste-based violence
4. Historicising pivotal events of anticaste movements
5. Key concepts in theorising anticasteism
Abstracts may address but need not be limited to the following TOPICS:
1. Decolonization as debrahminization
2. Anticaste leaders and colonial masters
3. Diasporic casteism, global brahmanism
4. Cultural and academic reproduction of brahmanism
5. Casteism vis-à-vis nationalism
6. Political parties, Dalit Phobia and Dalitphilia
7. Phenomenology of casteism
8. Psychologising casteism
9. Biopolitics of caste
10. Interrogating Dalit politics, rethinking anticaste resistance
11. Interrogating caste-based identity politics
12. Revisiting the laws and policies against casteism
13. Defining ‘Ambedkarism’ and ‘Periyarism’
14. Dalit historiography vis-à-vis postcolonialism, Marxism, and subaltern studies
15. Dalit aesthetics as anticasteism
16. Dalit feminism as anticasteism
17. Anticaste activism
18. Anticaste publishing
19. Caste atrocities and comparative genocides
20. Anticasteism and the counter-hegemonic religion and culture
21. Intersectionality: anticasteism and antiracism; anticasteism and anticolonialism;
anticasteism and LGBTQIA+ movements; anticasteism and feminism; and so on
Information for the participants:
 Abstracts: 400-500 words
 Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30th April 2022
 Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15th May 2022
 Bio-note (full name, designation, affiliation, research interests): 100-150 words
 Abstracts with a title and a bio-note must be emailed to
 There is no registration fee but all speakers and participants must register online
before 30th May 2022 by filling in a Google Form available here.

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